President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been urged by Dr. Clement Apaak not to compare doctored West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results to the authentic ones that were released during the era of Former President John Dramani Mahama.
His comments was in reaction to news making rounds about how President Akufo-Addo compared Free SHS results to the ones before the Free SHS Policy, concluding that the Free SHS ones are far better.
The President made the comparison while speaking at the 70th anniversary celebration of Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO) in Tamale on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
According to Dr. Apaak, President Akufo-Addo should be telling Ghanaians “what he has done to address the challenges debilitating effective teaching and learning in our Secondary schools since he took over power, and retained it through ‘ways and means’ even when Ghanaians rejected him, including beneficiaries of Free SHS.”
He went further to urge the President to stop gloating over results some suggest were procured through “engineering”, and comparing that to genuine results obtained by students under his predecessor, Former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, President “Akufo-Addo must be living in another planet or his handlers must have misled him to compare the ‘engineerned’ results procured through massive leakages, malpractices and cheating with the complicity of an examination body (WAEC), whose integrity is currently in question, to the authentic and organic results under John Dramani Mahama.”
He noted that Former President “John Mahama didn’t procure and supply past examination questions and examiners reports as part of an effort to cover up monumental challenges affecting teaching and learning at the secondary school level: Obnoxious double track; Erratic academic calendar; overworked teaching and un-teaching staff; inadequate and unwholesome food; inadequate space and furniture; Culture of silence; lack of adequate core subject textbooks; delay is release of funds among others.”
According to Dr. Apaak, who is the Member of Parliament for Builsa South and a Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Education Committee, John Mahama built new secondary schools, expanded existing schools, and did not punish school heads for speaking out.
He also stressed on how Former President John Dramani Mahama did not overburden teaching and non-teaching staff, didn’t supply expired unwholesome and expired food items to schools.